Cover Your Legal Bases Labelle FL

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

Kenneth Knight Thompson
(239) 369-5664
1150 LEE BLVD STE 1A
LEHIGH ACRES, FL
Specialties
Estate Planning, General Practice, Family, Business, Real Estate
Education
University of Georgia School of Law,University of Georgia
State Licensing
Florida

Donald W Stanley Jr.
(813) 223-5351
202 S ROME AVE STE 100
TAMPA, FL
Specialties
Litigation, Construction, Corporate
Education
Stetson University College of Law,University of Delaware
State Licensing
Florida

Steven Gary Schwartz
(561) 395-4747
6751 N FEDERAL HWY STE 400
BOCA RATON, FL
Specialties
Insurance, Commercial, Construction, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
Education
Washington and Lee University School of Law,Franklin and Marshall College
State Licensing
Florida, Maryland, Virginia

William Albert Snyder
(954) 475-1139
7931 SW 45TH ST
DAVIE, FL
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business
Education
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law,University of Miami School of Law,Hobart and
State Licensing
Florida

Pamela A. Chamberlin
(954) 335-1010
1 Se 3rd Ave Ste 2200
Miami, FL
Specialties
Arbitration, Civil Rights, Commercial
Education
University of Miami School of Law
State Licensing
Florida

William W. Atterbury III
(561) 659-1770
340 Royal Poinciana Way Ste 321
Palm Beach, FL
Specialties
Corporate, Real Estate
Education
John Marshall Law School, Chicago,University of North Carolina
State Licensing
Florida

Albert Gavin-Wayne Gill
(561) 454-0301
200 CONGRESS PARK DR STE 210
DELRAY BEACH, FL
Specialties
Litigation, Debt Collection, Commercial
Education
George Washington University National Law Center,Trinity College
State Licensing
Florida

Franchesco Soto
(305) 460-1241
2525 PONCE DE LEON BLVD STE 400
CORAL GABLES, FL
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Commercial, Construction, Employment
Education
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center,Florida International University
State Licensing
Florida

Robert William Ritsch
(813) 229-1118
Po Box 3396
Tampa, FL
Specialties
Medical Malpractice, Commercial, Appeals
Education
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
State Licensing
Florida

Jonathan P. Kross
(561) 394-5400
Po Box 273363
Boca Raton, FL
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Commercial, Corporate, LLC
Education
Quinnipiac University School of Law
State Licensing
Florida, New York

Cover Your Legal Bases

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Even if Just a Part-Time Business, it Makes Sense to Use a Legal “Professional”
By Jim R. Sapp

While you may be able to handle most of the issues that will arise in a new part-time business, you will want professional assistance for more complex legal issues. Even the smallest businesses need legal advice from the beginning. Don't wait until you have a legal problem to look for an attorney.

Selecting Process

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

You don’t have the time or money to pay someone to learn about your specific industry, so find a professional who is servicing your business sector already. If your company is highly specialized, a business trade publication may list professionals who will understand your specific needs.

Second, when you have settled on one or two law firms, conduct a face-to-face interview with the candidates before you hire. Interview the specific individuals who will service your business and are close in proximity. Ask questions, such as where they went to school, what their expertise is, and if they have experience in your industry. Other good questions include:

• What is your hourly billing rate?
• How often do you increase your rate?
• Can I talk to one or two other small business people you work for?
• What types of work do you most enjoy?

Make your final selection carefully. It is expensive to switch law firms!

Issues An Attorney Can Help You With:
You should do as much for your part-time business as you can yourself; however, a lawyer should review the complex issues. To begin, write a list of exactly what you want the attorney to do for you.

Choosing a Business Structure
An attorney with small or home business expertise can assist you in selecting the structure for your business: a sole proprietorship; partnership; a corporation; or a limited liability company (LLC). An attorney can also help you complete the necessary forms to incorporate your business. Further, it’s important to have the name and address of an attorney for a loan document or any leases you need to have reviewed.

Safeguarding Intellectual Property
An attorney can also help you safeguard your intellectual property, and reserve your own Internet domain name, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. An attorney can also help you to avoid violating other companies’ copyrights, trademarks, or patents.

Conflict Mediation
An attorney can also help you mediate conflicts with consumers and with vendors before they become expensive litigation or before relationships with them are beyond repair. An attorney can also advise you on how to handle potential claims and avoid lawsuits.

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